Mohab Khattab

    – Producer/Managing Director

mohab with mauna kea v2Mohab is a highly qualified business executive with significant experience, skills, and success in management, business development, law, and finance
 in the telecommunications, information technology, energy, and now entertainment sectors.

Mohab puts most of his expertise to use at 1001 MEDIA, whether in pre-production, production, or post-production. He handles all the management, legal, and business / finance functions too, including negotiating and managing the film distribution and licensing functions for the company, as well as for the Building Bridges Film Festival in Bahrain, that country’s first government-sanctioned film festival.

Until September 2010, Mohab was Vice President of Business Development and Legal of wi-tribe limited (“wi-tribe”), a subsidiary of Ooredoo QSC. wi-tribe was the broadband wireless arm of Ooredoo, with operations in Jordan, Pakistan, and the Philippines, and license / spectrum holdings covering 275 million people. Mohab was one of two co-founders of wi-tribe, with Ooredoo acquiring a majority of wi-tribe in March of 2007.

Prior to his telecommunications and information technology activities, Mohab was an energy transactions and regulatory attorney at the world-renowned law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington, D.C. Before that, he was an attorney with the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (“Saudi Aramco”), where he handled corporate, contracting, and technology issues.

Before becoming an attorney, Mohab managed Saudi Aramco’s North American banking and investment operations, then rose to the position of chief trader, where he supervised worldwide corporate investment operations and managed a multi-billion dollar investment and hedging portfolio.

Mohab is a member of the board of directors and legal advisor to both (i) the Professional Squash Association, which is the global governing body responsible for the administration of men’s and women’s professional squash around the world, and (ii) PayTabs, the leading online/mobile payment solutions provider in the Middle East.

Mohab has a Bachelor of Arts 
in Economics from the University
 of Southern California, a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University, a doctorate of law (J.D.) from The American University – Washington College of Law, and a Master of Laws in Procurement from The George Washington University Law School. Mohab is an active member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Federal Claims. He has authored fourteen articles in various publications.

Mohab currently resides in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He can be reached at

Salam Darwaza

    – Producer/Managing Director


The daughter of Palestinians working in Saudi Arabia, Salam grew up alongside the children of American oil drillers, with one foot in the Arab world and one in the West. Her unique life experience has made her a human bridge, able to connect two sides of what may be the world’s widest cultural gap.

Salam’s passion for film and storytelling and her ability to connect two disparate worlds gave rise to 1001 MEDIA, a production company she co-founded to use the power of film to initiate more positive dialogue between the Middle East and the West. She produced the documentary film, Salam Neighbor, the story of two Americans who deliberately head to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live among 85,000 refugees in Jordan’s Za’atari camp. As the daughter of refugees and someone who was raised in host countries, her life experience was an inspiration point for the film, allowing her to lend a voice of Arab authenticity and speak from a personal perspective on the current refugee crisis.

Prior to this, Salam worked in development and production for prolific film director Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios, on projects with George Clooney, among many other talented artists. She started her career at Apple’s renowned advertising agency, TBWA Chiat/Day, helping to create some of their award winning work.

In July of 2015, Salam was honored by the U.S. Department of State for her efforts as a Muslim woman storyteller who is working to challenge negative stereotypes depicted in the media. She continues to work with the State Department, convening with other filmmakers, writers, artists, journalists and comedians to share more positive stories from the Muslim community.

Salam has been a member of several panels on using the power of storytelling to bridge cultures. She has spoken about both filmmaking and the refugee crisis, appearing alongside the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, the Jordanian Ambassador, the Lebanese Ambassador, and the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Salam currently resides in Manhattan Beach, California. She can be reached at


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